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Looking for an off island adventure for Father's Day? For the past several years, Vancouver Island's Parksville/Qualicum communities have showcased a show & shine event. This year (19th annual??), there are approximately 720 cars expected! I love show & shines...classic cars are so lovely. And yes, I like to check out the Studebakers (now that was a forward thinking design!), the Chev Impala, the early Porsche, the sinuous XKE...and those snazzy hot-rods in flourescent hot colours...love the car run to the event streets. Have never been to Reno's Hot August Nights, but I think this must be our version. If (5 comments)
Lots coming up to enjoy, as we ease into true Summer: Velo Village on June 21 to 23...part of the cycle fest in both Vancouver & Victoria. 1000 plus cyclists are expected...a dedicated ferry on & off the island to handle arrival & departure. Great fun! First annual? Canada Day celebrations mean Classic Car Show, yacht race from Ganges to Friday Harbor, on San Juan Island, & fireworks gala at dusk. Enjoy! Studio tours, gallery openings, ArtCraft in Mahon Hall (am very pleased to sponsor the special stage showcase of the Bantock collaboration...opening reception on June 15th), ArtSpring events & (2 comments)
The early part of June is often quiet...school's not out yet, vacation plans are targeting July, graduations are in the foreground.... Sometimes, smaller towns with tourist driven economies, create local events...on Salt Spring, there used to be a SeaCapers weekend. A tiny version will appear this year, and next year it will probably be on the Chamber calendar of official events. Worth bringing back.... On the 21 to 23, though, it's the Velo Village event, with almost 1000 cyclists on Island. Volunteers are still welcome...encouragement stations are dotted along the bike routes. Well done, Island Pathways, to be showcasing the (3 comments)
In business? On Salt Spring? Make sure you're a member of the renewed Chamber of Commerce. Be at tonight's Annual General Meeting, at Lion's Hall, beginning at 6 p.m. Interested in volunteering to sit on the Board? Let your name stand during the "nominations from the floor" portion of the AGM. Tourism is the main engine of commerce on Salt Spring. In a sense, everyone on the Island is in business. It's not just the obvious sector, the retail segment. In providing an item or a service "for sale", then one is in business. Help to create a viable local (0 comments)
Sliding into Summer? In spirit, for sure! This La Nina year has delivered a mixed bag of unusual weather patterns, globally. On the Pacific Northwest Coast, we seem to have been through a long late Fall...grey, rain events, windstorms, needing Fall weight clothing, even in May. Every now and again, a high builds in...inviting bursts of true late Spring, with sun, warmth, and definite beach weather! Then the lows, sweeping across the Pacific, track in again. Gardens like this sun-rain-sun-rain cycle...a very lush Spring surrounds us! But Summer weather in February in the Prairies? Something's askew! Meantime, enjoy those sunny (4 comments)
ask for lis list: Oceanfront Estate on special Salt Spring Island! - 05/25/12 12:00 PM
Superlative 5+ acre point, with easy access oceanfront, private coves and bays, warm ocean swimming, dramatic & panoramic views, dock in protected bay, sunrises and sunsets...this truly is the very best waterfront opportunity on special Salt Spring Island! Beautiful home, the best of the country home design ethic, an Osborne & Clark imagining of an authentic country property retreat. Be inspired by the interior charm, by the ocean, islands, & mountain vistas offered from all principal rooms...a lovely blurring of interior and exterior spaces...this appealing home says "welcome", immediately! Dream kitchen, welcoming living with inglenook style feature stone fireplace, country dining, (8 comments)
Day trip ideas? Easy to branch out from lovely Salt Spring, & to drift through our neighbouring Islands. Pick a different one each time...give it a day of exploration...treat the ferry as the sea voyage it really is...& enjoy the fun of encountering the "total Gulf Islands" experience. A summer project? Have fun! The upside? You get to come home to special Salt Spring Island, at the end of the day. Intrigued by another island & would like more info/property options details? Call me...look forward to connecting you to your dream Island property, on the Island that resonates with you.... (2 comments)
A time of year of explosive & lush beauty, on the Pacific Northwest Coast! May is a month that we all dream about, in that November to March time of grey & drizzle, when our region lives up to its "wet coast" nickname. Now, though, it's about blossoms spilling everywhere...apple, plum, cherry, pear...rhododendrons & azaleas...lilacs & peonies...tulips & bluebells...magnolias & wisteria...and have you seen those Dogwoods? A fitting flower for B.C.'s provincial floral emblem! Wild roses hedge in daisy strewn pastures...climbing roses are budding, ready for June. Off to Ruckle Park or to Burgoyne Bay Park with a picnic...wade at (10 comments)
ask for lis list: Vineyard in your future? How about on Salt Spring Island? - 05/20/12 09:25 AM
Superlative opportunity! In the heart of the Fulford Valley/Burgoyne Valley, with excellent sun exposures and dramatic valley, mountain, and ocean viewscapes...a short stroll to beach and to miles of riding and walking/hiking trails...this land is superb. The gift? This ten acres is the home of renowned Garry Oak Vineyard...award-winning wines, often showcased at Hastings House and other luxury venues, and featured in fine dining establishments. The home is a custom architect designed gem (Osborne & Clark, from Vancouver...famed for their country ethic)...you will be immediately eased into the Salt Spring lifestyle as you enjoy this stellar property. The Fulford Valley/Burgoyne Valley (6 comments)
Another special event that occurs on Salt Spring, annually, is the B.C. soccer tourney. And yes, both the sailing race & the big soccer event take place every year on the same holiday weekend! If you're catching ferries, remember to leave lots of time...vacation seekers, racers, soccer players...and their families...it's definitely a busy weekend on many levels! Might even be line-ups at restaurants...enjoy it all. Did we mention the live music gigs around the island? The studio/gallery tours all open and welcoming? The kayak rentals & scooter fun? What about the cyclists, prepping for June's Velo Village event? Take time...smell (0 comments)
ask for lis list: Annual Round Salt Spring Sailing Race...great weather! - 05/19/12 02:52 PM
May 19, 2012. Got your best vantage points for enjoying the drama of the annual Round Salt Spring Sailing Race? The start is in Ganges Harbour...if you miss that, you can see them come round Beaver Point at Ruckle Park. For a long distance vista, catch the fleet from the heights of Mt Tuam Estates. Out at Musgrave Landing? They start up Sansum Narrows, past here. A great sighting deck is at the Seaside Kitchen at Vesuvius! Out at end of Arbutus Road, at Southey Point? Another great view of the fleet, as they round the island to start down (0 comments)
The May Long Weekend is with us...called Victoria Day, it commemorates the birthday of Queen Victoria. This is a special year for Britain & the Commonwealth countries as it celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth...this marks 60 years on the throne. Lots of events, and members of the Royal Family will be visiting the Commonwealth countries, including coming to Canada. The Commonwealth countries certainly all began as colonies of Great Britain, at the close of the 19th Century, at the height of the Age of Empire...now, they are a loosely knit federation, involved with trade & commerce among many (0 comments)
Coastal people...the allure of water.... Vancouver is an amazing city, suspended between sea & mountains. It has nowhere to go but up! The Sunshine Coast (good marketing ploy...gets same rain as Vancouver's North Shore!) is also a thin ribbon of land between sea & mountain. Vancouver Island's undulating length is split between wild west coast & softer east coast by the spiny med-section of those mountains, again. Victoria sits at the very south end of the large reach of Vancouver Island...it is the capital city of B.C. The Gulf Islands, including Salt Spring Island, nestle into the lee shore of (4 comments)
ask for lis list: Hamptons style on special Salt Spring Island! - 05/15/12 10:13 AM
Lovely winding drive, through coastal forest, emerges at lawn, with "natural" mature landscaping, orchard, and a seaside home and cottage to inspire one. With an appealing blend of "west coast contemporary" with Hamptons elegance, this home lends itself to a family retreat use, perhaps a high end bed & breakfast option, would make an ideal corporate retreat, and a professional couple working from home would also find this home's design of significant interest. Inviting verandah style covered deck at entrance, formal entry foyer, spacious oceanside living with custom and energy efficient fireplace, entertainment size dining with an ocean vista, cooks' dream (1 comments)
ask for lis list: Cottage retreats...waiting for you on Salt Spring Island! - 05/12/12 09:02 AM
Cottage Retreats Just For You! Very tranquil and private oceanview lot, with "sweetie" one bedroom cedar cottage in place. Wood floors, majestic forest surround, orchard, easy care landscaping, private drive entry, seasonal creek on one border. Just steps to quiet beach access -- possible to moor a boat on a mooring buoy, in the bay, and sandy beach allows beachcombing pleasures, and warm ocean swimming when tide is in. Just minutes to Ganges Village, and to all services/amenities. A best buy investment property, and the perfect "retreat" for now, on special Salt Spring Island. A private building opportunity located close to (0 comments)
ask for lis list: Kolb Island, near Canoe Cove, is for sale...a WOW! - 05/10/12 08:54 AM
Looking for a private island paradise, with secure year round moorage for your boat, if desired, and with a very appealing country style main home and a beauty cottage, too? Here it is! Garage plus parking space at Canoe Cove, plus covered boat slip...easy to keep a run-about boat here for quick back & forth jaunts to shore. Kolb Island enjoys the peaceful beauty of your own island plus the proximity to all services and amenities of Sidney and of Victoria. Easy to get to from anywhere in the world, and yet wonderfully private and "apart" upon arrival. Authentic country style (0 comments)
Is there a typical buyer profile, for special Salt Spring Island or a Gulf Island? Don't think so! A very eclectic group of people call Salt Spring "home", and the Island seems to call forth this happy mix of residents. All ages are attracted...yes, a retirement option, but young families, too. A back to the land/hobby farm seeker, entrepreneurial retail business people, artists who welcome the illuminating culture available to them, and alternative health practitioners are also all attracted to the Island. With the Internet making it possible to live anywhere, & to successfully ply the waters of the digital (1 comments)
ask for lis list: 400 acres of beauty on Salt Spring Island...it's a WOW! - 05/08/12 11:28 AM
Here is an exceptional property holding on special Salt Spring Island! In 3 titles, these adjacent acreages are zoned for division into 20 parcels...worth exploring! Lot 50 (160 acres) & adjacent Lot 51 (80 acres) both have power to the lot line. Lot 49 (160 acres) has access off Musgrave Road & there is an easement to access Lot 51. Lot 50 has access off Anna's Drive. A mix of forest, meadow, potential pasture areas, with ponds & seasonal creeks, and incredible panoramic views of ocean/islands/mountains from Lot 50. Sunny, private, many level areas, quiet...approximately 20 to 30 minutes to Ganges (3 comments)
One hears different statistics about reduced numbers of tourists visiting Salt Spring Island & the Gulf Islands. The Gulf Islands are not municipalities, and often the statistics on anything are anecdotal...basically, no one is "in charge". The Trust & the CRD are not replacements for a mayor & town council. On Salt Spring, the tourist centre compiles information based on asking questions from those who come in for information: are you visiting? Where are you from? Etc. This kind of compilation doesn't include the visitors who don't pop into the Tourist Centre. Nevertheless, anecdotal evidence is a pointer to a (4 comments)
ask for lis list: Kitchens...the heart of the home! - 05/07/12 09:50 AM
Kitchens are the heart of a home, we all know that. It's also a space that calls forth the creative spirit...cooks hold forth here, romance is created, families coalesce here, the fragrance of food being allured into a feast lingers here. Individual choices in colour, flooring, backsplashes, cabinetry, countertops, lighting, appliances...of course. The warm charm of a kitchen, whether its design is modern or country or classic, inspires and calms and rejuvenates...think Julia Child, think tea and toast and comfort, think cuisine minceur...the kitchen is the heart, no matter the taste-buds of the moment. And what about the summer kitchen concept? (4 comments)
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